Swansea Skatepark has to be seen to be believed, its a seriously epic skatepark and one of the best we’ve had the pleasure of skating so far. Part of its beauty is that was designed and built by Convic who continue to create stunning and thoughtful skateparks all over the country.
In detail, Swansea Skatepark was only finished in early 2011 and features a long list of banks, quarters and transitions ranging from 3ft – 5ft that create the outer rim of the park. The banks are littered with hips, euro-gaps and fast sliding ledges There’s also a 6-stair staircase with hubba ledges a pier 7 ledge. But wait that’s not all, to round out the North end of the park there’s also an epic 5ft bowl with stunning transitions and stomping coping. Just awesome!
The surface is slick and smooth and all the coping and steel edging fast. There’s a lot of BMX’rs and scooters there but equally as many skaters and at times it can get pretty chaotic… but you just have to deal with that.
Plenty of free parking around, amenities nearby and some impressive fish and chips down the road. When you’re done here, not too far away is another Convic special at Wallsend. Yes!
Wallsend is one of four Convic built skateparks in the Hunter Valley, the others being Bar Beach, Swansea and Rutherford. Its quite possibly the best due to the wider open space it occupies which has allowed for a beautifully design flow throughout the park. When you first see it it feels like a never-ending expanse of rocking, rolling cement heaven.
So, a few details: The park combines a huge collection of banks and transitions that range from 3ft all the way up to 6ft. The main feature is probably the 6ft x 15ft wide spine ramp – but there’s also a jump box, hipped bank, kickers, hubba ledge, rails and a mogul. The park is designed such that you can literally cruise the entire loop and touch almost every transition. Nothing short of amazing no matter what level you are at.
The surface is typically smooth for a Convic design, and the coping is big, ballsy and beautiful. Because of its awesomeness Wallsend Skatepark is very very well used and serves tonnes of scooter dudes and BMX’rs as well as a healthy scattering of skaters. But it’s generally a hectic session.
There’s plenty of free parking nearby and just behind it is a shopping center with all the food and amenities you could need. Its located at the North end of the Wal Herd Park which also has some BBQ’s and benches for chilling and is also the home of the Old Wallsend Skatepark.